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2 meals in Kyoto, 3 meals in Tokyo

arlenemae | Feb 10, 201110:05 PM

I will be traveling to Kyoto for a couple days on business next week, staying by Kyoto Station. We are already booked for one lunch and dinner with our hosts, but will have one free dinner and possibly one free lunch. Looking for recommendations for the following in Kyoto:

First meal (Dinner): Thinking about sushi maybe, unless there's something else that Kyoto is particularly known for? Budget is probably limited to ~$40-$50 since I will be dining with my colleagues.

The next day, we will have a catered lunch (since we have an all-day meeting) and going out to shabu-shabu with our hosts for dinner.

Last meal (Lunch): Pretty open. According to our hosts there are a couple of famous Ramen houses close to Tokyo station so I'm thinking about going for that.

Then I will be taking the train to Tokyo and staying overnight at the Ginza district, arriving around 2-3pm and leaving for the airport at around the same time the next day. Looking for some recommendations for the following in Tokyo:

First meal (Dinner): This will be my "splurge" meal. I'm a bit torn on what style to get, whether I should get sushi (but not if I get sushi in Kyoto), yakitori, or maybe some of the more modern Japanese restaurants that have tasting menus. I'm also intrigued by a place that my Japanese coworker mentioned that offers an omakase of fried stuff. My budget is around ~$150 (could be flexible if it's something truly outstanding). Are nice restaurants open to people dining alone?

Second meal (2nd Dinner?): Since I have limited time, would like to check out an Izakaya place for late-night drinks and snacks.

Third meal (Lunch): Might go for ramen again (probably the only food I am willing to repeat). Any recommendations for good tonkotsu ramen in or around Ginza?

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